- The inaugural year for the Austin Trail of Lights was 1965, way back when it was only 4 days long and called “The Spirit of Christmas.”
- Standing at a whopping 155 feet, the famous Zilker Tree is the tallest man-made Christmas tree in the world.
- The production costs approx. $1.7 MILLION. That’s alot of lights.
- There will be an estimated attendance of 425,000 people during the celebration. That’s the largest crowd of the year for an Austin event, surpassing SXSW, ACL Music Festival, and the F1 races.
- Due to budget cuts, there was no Austin Trail of Lights in 2010 & 2011. The villagers took to the streets with pitchforks and fiery torches, and thanks to some generous donors and fund-raising, the lights were turned back on for 2012.
- Last year there were 10 marriage proposals and 18 happy citizens (I’m kidding – the trail doesn’t let lovers down).
- The Austin Trail of Lights is consistently included in the Top 10 National Light Festivals by USA Today.
Logan is a Content Marketing Associate at FreightPros in charge of social media and content creation. He has a writing degree from the University of Oklahoma, but lives life on the edge and resides in Longhorn country. He loves Murakami books, Tarantino movies, and Vonnegut books. Lots of books. One day he will own a dog, but first he'll have to get a yard.